oa Journal of Transport and Supply Chain Management - The storage of forensic evidence at the Forensic Science Laboratory in Pretoria, South Africa
|Article Title||The storage of forensic evidence at the Forensic Science Laboratory in Pretoria, South Africa|
|Journal||Journal of Transport and Supply Chain Management|
|Affiliations||1 University of Johannesburg and 2 University of Johannesburg|
|Publication Date||Nov 2011|
|Pages||202 - 220|
One of the cornerstones of the judicial process is the presentation of evidence in a court of law. The integrity of evidence is vital to reassure the courts that the correct procedures were followed throughout all the processes it was subjected to. In South Africa, the Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) in Pretoria analyses and stores evidence. The storage facility within the FSL should contribute to the prevention of evidence contamination or degradation thereby also leading to improved service quality and output to its customers. The proper delivery of evidence can lead to the conviction of suspects and to the freedom of the innocent. This study investigates the storage facilities at the FSL to determine whether these are appropriate to ensure the integrity of evidence throughout all the processes it goes through and to recommend actions to continue to add value to the judicial system.
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